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Narcos has undoubtedly become one of the biggest hits for Netflix out of their stream of original productions. The high-octane, drug fuelled crime biopic tells the story of the feared and notorious Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, head of the Medellin Cartel. The show has captured the attention of the world, garnering critical acclaim and awards, with Wagner Moura in the lead role putting in a stellar performance as the infamous drug lord.

Pablo Escobar, head of the Medellin Cartel
Pablo Escobar, head of the Medellin Cartel

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Although fans around the world have become enamoured with the controversial life of Escobar, not everyone is a fan. In fact, Pablo Escobar's son, Sebastian Marroquin, has panned the second season of the critically acclaimed show.

Taking to his Facebook page, Mr Marroquin — who changed his name following the death of his father in attempts to distance himself from his past - listed 28 inaccuracies that the show writers committed during the second season of the Emmy nominated show.

The original Facebook post is a lengthy one, but makes for an interesting read. Listing a range of inaccuracies from small issues such as the true soccer team that Escobar supported (Marroquin alleges that his father rooted for Deportivo Independiente Medellin) to bigger issues such as not one journalist being killed outside the Tequendama Hotel, it seems that Sebastian Marroquin has a significant problem with how Narcos depicted his father's life. Below is a couple of the bigger issues that Marroquin took qualms with.

Carlos Henao Was Never a Drug Dealer

Among the inaccuracies that Sebastian Marroquin sees as inexcusable is the fact that Carlos Henao, Escobar's brother in law, was depicted as a drug dealer in the show. Marroquin says this is completely untrue, and goes to great lengths to label Henao as an honest family man:

Carlos Henao R.I.P. was my maternal uncle and it was not a drug dealer it's cracked up to be in the series. In fact it was a great man, a hard worker, honest, noble and good father of the family. A good friend of my mother.

Sebastian Marroquín, Escobar's son. Via Sebastian Marroquín Official Facebook
Sebastian Marroquín, Escobar's son. Via Sebastian Marroquín Official Facebook

Carlos Henao Was Tortured and Killed

In the show, Carlos Henao dies due to a confrontation between police and narcos. However, in reality, Sebastian Marroquin claims that Carlos Henao was kidnapped and tortured, dying an innocent man.

Carlos Henao wasn't ever drug dealer or lived in Miami. He was kidnapped and tortured with Francisco Toro, another innocent man and decent. How sad that Netflix has shown so many corpses with the posters of los pepes hung up, and they forgot to publish the images of the body of my uncle Carlos tortured in that respect they were identical and also public. But not happy with that, placed him at another time and place in the history of my father, and made it seem that his death was the product of a legitimate confrontation between police and narcos, when in reality it was an injustice, his death, while this is She violates the right to good name, to the honor and the honor of a man who was very dear and respected in medellín in one piece. A man blameless from beginning to end.

The Escape from La Catedral

A photo of La Catedral. Image via
A photo of La Catedral. Image via

In the show's Season One finale, police and military storm the prison in attempts to capture Escobar. In the shootout that ensues, Escobar is aided by law enforcement officials in his escape. Something Marroquin disputes this, instead insinuating that the event itself was actually low key, with Escobar escaping thanks to some loose bricks that he had installed.

My Father had no contacts, no help from the law to escape. The leak was designed from the very construction of jail: my father ordered to leave a few bricks loose.

Pablo Escobar Didn't Live in Luxury His Whole Life

Following his escape from La Catedral, the show depicts Pablo Escobar on the run from the authorities, but not exactly slumming it up. According to his son however, the days of mansions and riches were long gone.

There was no such comfort in the days after the escape of the cathedral. We were living in slums, not in mansions.

The original post contains many more inaccuracies, and has been translated into English. You can check them out below:

Sebastian Marroquin has struggled with the legacy that his father left him. Being the son of the world's most notorious drug lord is a life that none of us can even begin to imagine. In 2009, Marroquin starred in the Nicolas Entel directed documentary, Sins of My Father. The documentary depicted the transition that Marroquin went through, from changing his name and vowing revenge, to meeting the victims of his father's violence to attempt reconciliation. Since then, Marroquin has published a string of books about his life and his father. With Narcos becoming such a worldwide hit, it's only natural that the show would seek to dramatize some of the events of his father's life. Of course, when we watch this incredible story unfold on screen, it's easy to forget that for many people in Columbia, this wasn't just a drama. It was their reality.

Should the Narcos writers apologize to Sebastian Marroquin, or should Marroquin accept the TV drama? Let us know in the comments!


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